ADMISSION OF WITNESS STATEMENT WHERE WITNESS UNAVAILABLE

[2006] EWCA Crim 197 [2006] EWCA Crim 197

A ruling at a preparatory hearing under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 , allowing the prosecution to read at a criminal trial the evidence of a witness pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.116(2)(c) , could not be upheld, as further enquiries as to why the witness had changed his mind about giving evidence and refused to give evidence via video-link were reasonably required.